Understanding Arthritis & Joint Pain Problems
Arthritis is a condition characterized by the gradual breakdown of joint cartilage, most common in the weight-bearing joints of the body such as the knees, hips, and back. It is also common in the neck and hands and can affect both men and women starting around age 50.
As the joint breaks down, it can lead to joint stiffness and increased strain on the muscles in that area. Additionally, as joint function changes, arthritis can lead to movement compensations and place strain on other areas of the body such as the back and neck. Although degenerative changes are common with age, they do not automatically result in pain. Research now shows that it is not the degeneration of the joint that is responsible for pain, but the effects that the degeneration has on how the joint is functioning.
Chiropractic Care for Arthritis
At Danubio Chiropractic Offices, Dr. Danubio performs chiropractic adjustments which can help individuals find relief from arthritis and improve range of motion in the joints. We focus on restoration and maintenance of function by emphasizing joint movement and increasing the ability of the muscles to support and stabilize the affected joints. In addition, we assess how the body functions as a whole in order to uncover any other movement abnormalities that may be affecting the degenerated area.
How Chiropractic Care can Solve Joint Problems
Joints of the body need to move. When this movement becomes restricted and normal motion is altered several problems arise. Most commonly joint dysfunction results in pain, stiffness, muscle tightness, cartilage breakdown/degeneration, and movement compensation leading to an increase of stress on other areas of the body. Joint dysfunction is common in the spine and the extremities and can commonly occur with injury, poor posture, muscles tightness, scar tissue, or muscle imbalance.
Danubio Chiropractic Offices Can Help
Dr. Danubio will assess the movement of your joints to determine the areas of altered or restricted movement. Once identified, the abnormal movement can be restored using a combination of chiropractic joint adjustments and muscle relaxation therapy. Whenever possible, simple home exercises are demonstrated to facilitate and maintain proper motion in key areas. Underlying factors such as poor posture and muscle imbalance often need to be addressed in cases of chronic or reoccurring joint dysfunction.